What goes on in a man’s head

Sunday, Dec 12, 1943

The Sunday papers are fat today with holiday ads from stores 1943_NYTimes_p.4announcing long hours to accommodate shoppers on war-time factory shifts. While record-breaking gales have the East Coast shivering with reduced coal supplies, the headlines blare continued Allied successes: The Russian Army advances westward while bombers set German cities ablaze. The British 8th Army is driving north in Italy. More U-boats are being sunk in the Atlantic. Eisenhower and Roosevelt are discussing invasion plans. The war effort is going so well, Allies are looking ahead to reconstruction. The Department of State has just named Dr. Grayson N. Kefauver, dean of Stanford University’s School of Education, to consult on restoring Europe’s war-torn school systems. There’s a feeling that end is near and, with that feeling, a giddy release of high spirits, as this ad demonstrates.

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